Jean Loy Swanson of St. Michael got Best of Show for the juried Art Show that’s currently on display at Elk River Area Arts Alliance. Swanson, retired North Hennepin Community College art teacher, created this digital image of a Japanese Red Maple she spotted in a garden in Oregon. (Photos by Bruce Strand)
Rain in the forecast held off long enough for most of Elk River’s annual ArtSoup festival to be completed June 28 as hundreds of patrons enjoyed art work, singers, bands, a juggler, children’s activities, authors, and wine and food from many vendors, while purchasing the works of a wide variety creative people. Here are a few of faces and scenes for ArtSoup 2014.
Harrison, age 2 1/2, made this necklace in the children’s activities tent with the help of dad Michael (holding him) and mom Jennifer, all of Elk River.
Pounding on their drums were members of Batucada de Norte (Brazilian Drum Band).
“Shrek,” also known as Brad Scarp, made an appearance at ArtSoup and was in this audience enjoying singer Benny James. “Shrek” will be presented by North Star Family Theatre starting July 25.
Gemma, 4, asked for a rainbow when she had her cheek painted by Abby Loeffler.
Sophie Rogers, 7, of Elk River, submitted the winning design for the the children’s version of the ArtSoup official tee-shirt, and modeled it her with her mom, Kelly. At home, Sophie likes to draw cartoons such as a cupcake with a face, Kelly said.
Folk singers Dennis Warner and the D’s closed their show with an ode to “Home-Grown Tomatoes” written and sung by Dennis (right) on the Great River Energy Stage.
Belting out “Tomorrow” from “Annie” was Kennedy Thomas, 12, of Rogers, at the Signature School of Music stage.
Mary Cunningham of Princeton, one of the artists selling posters and cards, worked on a double portrait as she chatted with patrons.
Matisse Hahn, named after the famous artist by her mom, Nicole, a Rogers art teacher, proudly showed her depiction of a house made with water color, fabric, a stem, and beads. She got third place in a children’s exhibit. Matisse will be in first grade this fall.